With about a month to go before a major Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, congressional Republicans have yet to pass any of several proposed contingency plans to deal with the possible loss of billions of dollars worth of federal financial aid for millions of health insurance customers.
And those plans, which would in some form or the other continue the Obamacare subsidies temporarily until as late as 2017, are extremely unlikely to get approved before that ruling, according to experts who have closely followed the high court case. (Tweet This)
Some of those observers warn that the GOP is playing with fire by its inaction so far, because of the danger that the party will be blamed if the subsidies are ruled illegal, and millions of HealthCare.gov customers in 34 states lose their health coverage as a result.
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"If the Supreme Court throws out the subsidies ... this is going to be a political disaster for Republicans, and they're unprepared for it," said Robert Laszewski, an Obamacare opponent who is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consulting firm. "It's unbelievable how short-sighted the Republicans have been here."